Monday, March 3, 2014

CTMH NEW PRODUCT BLOG HOP ROUND #2 - {Hope your Birthday's as Sweet as You}

Have you had the chance to peek at the new CTMH Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book yet? Are you looking for inspiration?

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Well, I am excited again to be participating in the CTMH New Product Blog Hop. Join me and other CTMH consultants as we share our creations with new product from the Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog. Welcome & enjoy!

A few weeks ago I hosted an Open House Launch Party to showcase some of the new products. Plus, there was yummy drinks & eats, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me!  And, who doesn't love to make somethin' {pretty}?  Well, we always create one make n' take or sometimes two, which I share with you here.  But this time around, I decided to wait and share it during this hop!

As Balloon Ride is my fave paper packet, I could not resist to grab a sheet of pattern paper to create with. I then added two strips of solid cardstock, sunset and chocolate, both stamped with background stamps for added dimension.  And last, the extra decorative strip along each sheet of pattern paper is perfect for this project!  To add a bit of flair, I cut each strip at either end and slightly layered each at different heights.  The strips are mounted on a sheet of solid cardstock and then adhered on the card base.  Add a sentiment on a piece of cardstock, pop it up with 3-D foam tape and voilà!!

Thanks for stopping in!  Now, hop on over to check out the other fabulous artwork (March 3th - 8th).

Papers: CTMH Balloon Ride B&T, Sunset, Chocolate & Champagne cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Distressed Backgrounds (D1544), Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday (D1529)
Ink: Cocoa
Other: Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836), 3-D foam tape (Z1151), corner rounder (Z1912)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

3x3 Card Set with Mini Gift Box

Popping in with a quick Hello! It seems this month there has been a lot of hustle & bustle ... lots of appointments, CTMH New Product Blog Hop, Neeje Association Crop, Valentine's Day & hosting an Open House Launch Party for CTMH's new Spring/Summer Idea Book.

Anyways, I {heart} 3x3 cards! Why you ask? Well, it's so simple to whip up a batch, great for using scrap paper & of course fabulous for gift giving.  A lot of my inspiration comes from Vicki Wizniuk over at Wizard's Hangout. She is the {queen} of 3x3 cards, in my opinion! And, can't forget Pinterest too. Well, it's a little late but I thought I would share this valentine gift set I created for the Neeje Association Crop make n' take. 

Such a cute box filled with six 3x3 cards. The bow was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge & the box was cut and scored from a sheet of cardstock. Here's the instructions for the mini box (note: search 'Mini Pizza Box' for tutorials):

  • Cardstock for the box should be cut to 5 1/4" x 9 1/2.  Assembled box will measure approx. 3 3/8" square x 1" high.
  • Score the shorter distance at 1", 4 1/4" 5 1/4" and 8 1/2" (9 1/2" across top of score board)
  • Score the longer distance at 1" on each side, left & right (5 1/4" across top of score board)
  • Cut each 1" line across the longer distance on each side, left & right (total of 8 cuts)
  • Fold score lines to make it more "flexible." 
  • Adhere with adhesive.
  • For the Belly Band, cardstock should be cut to 1 7/8" x 10" and scored the short distance at 1", 2 1/8", 5 1/2" and 6 5/8".

  • And, I love that I could make the cards {girly} with pinks, reds & grays, which doesn't happen often with a household of boys.  

    Thanks for stopping by. 

    Papers: CTMH Slate, Blush, Hollyhock, Cranberry& White Daisy Cardstock
    Stamps: Whooo's Your Valentine (retired)
    Ink: Slate, Hollyhock, Cranberry & White Daisy 
    Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799) & 
    Other: Cricut Art Philosophy (Z1686), Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836), Mini Scoring Board (MS), 1 1/4" circle punch (CTMH), 3/4" circle punch (SU), 3-D foam tape (Z1151), corner rounder (Z1912) & Scor-Tape.

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    {Happy Birthday}

    Hello again! Did you get a chance to take a peek at the fabulous creations from my fellow Close to my Heart Consultants the other day?  Well, I thought today I would share another card as part of the CTMH New Product Blog Hop.  Click HERE to link back to my original post if you missed it!

    This card was inspired by Jackie Pedro over at {The Scalloped Edge}.  I really liked how it came together with some of the circles popped up for dimension, which may be hard to tell from the photo.  The patterned paper here is Ariana, although I couldn't let go of Balloon Ride just yet so I added a few circles of the sky blue patterned paper to the mix.

     It features Ariana Corel, Ariana Green, Ariana Grey, Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim and White Daisy.

    Thanks again for stopping on by!

    Papers: CTMH Ariana & Balloon Ride, CTMH Whisper, Slate, Outdoor Denim & White Daisy Cardstock
    Stamps: In the Background (D1540), Just a Number (D1514)
    Ink: Slate
    Embellishments: Aqua Dots (Z1853)
    Other: Micro-Tip Scissors, Corner Punch, Crafter's Workshop Circle Grid stencil, Silhouette Cameo & various circle punches.

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    CTMH NEW PRODUCT Blog Hop - {Thinking of You}

    Hello! If you don't already know the NEW Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book is now LIVE here!

    Ok, I've been MIA for awhile, sorry for that!  But, I am excited today to be participating in the CTMH New Product Blog Hop. All of the projects featured in this hop are to showcase new products from the fabulous Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book.  Welcome and enjoy!

    I simple {heart} all the paper collections this time around! Yet, I absolutely LOVE the colours of Balloon Ride.  It features Cashmere, Colonial White, Creme Brulee, Crystal Blue, Juniper, Saddle, Sky and Sorbet. Isn't it beautiful?

    And, here's a {Thinking of You} card I made for a friend. 

    First, I stamped the hot air balloon image from the Lifting Spirits stamp set on a piece of Balloon Ride patterned paper.  I knew I wanted to paper pierce it so I stamped it again on the flip side of the same patterned paper and on a piece of Outdoor Denim cardstock.  I then fussy cut the Envelope (top) and the Basket (bottom).  I mounted it on a piece of Sunset cardstock.  I love how cute the cloud images are from this set so I stamped them too and cut them out.  I then grabbed the One-Way Borders stamp set and used one of the arrow images to stamp on a strip of Whisper cardstock.  It came together pretty easy with some more pattern paper to match along with Outdoor Denim and Slate Grey cardstock.  The sentiment is also from the Lifting Spirits stamp set and it's stamped with Outdoor Denim ink. 

    Want to see more? Simply click on any of the thumbnail links below to visit the blogs of other CTMH consultants who are participating in this hop and see their creations! And, make sure to stop by periodically during the week as the hop is on until February 9th. Thanks again for hopping on by and I am sure you'll find some inspirational artwork!

    Papers: CTMH Balloon Ride, CTMH Whisper, Slate, Sunset, Outdoor Denim & White Daisy Cardstock
    Stamps: One-Way Borders (C1561), Lifting Spirits (C1570)
    Ink: Whisper, Outdoor Denim
    Other: Micro-Tip Scissors, Corner Rounder

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop

    Welcome to the Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop! New this year, Close to my Heart is featuring Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide showcasing {FABULOUS} new products!  It's an adorable 24 page mini catalog chocked full of holiday paper, stamps, and FAB gift giving projects ... plus a sneak peek preview of a few new products found in the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  And, it's LIVE today ... so be sure to check it out on my website HERE.  So, thanks for joining me and other CTMH consultants as we share layouts, cards and paper crafting projects with these NEW products.  Hope you enjoy!

    Beginning today at 9am MST, choose a festive, new product FREE this holiday season with your qualifying order!  When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) between October 15 and December 15 from the Holiday from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea book, you qualify for one FREE star item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide.  You'll {LOVE} the sparkle, the ease, and the savings! Receive one FREE 'star' item for each $100 in your order.  You can join my 'Holiday from the Heart' gathering to shop found HERE 

    Several items in the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide are only available while supplies last, so be sure to place orders for your favorites early! "While supplies last" products include:
    • Sparkle & Shine Assortment (Z1860)
    • Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-Pack (Z1907)
    • Workshops on the Go® Sparkle & Shine Scrapbooking Kit (G1071)
    • Season's Tweetings Gift Bag Kit (Z1913)
    • Season's Tweetings Gift Bags (Z1914)
    • Sparkle Holiday Shapes (Z1910)
    • Party Washi Tape 3-Pack (Z1908)
    • My Creations® Hip Pics Album Kit (Z1915)
    Ok, lovin' all the new products ... but the Sparkle & Shine paper has my {heart}! Featured colours are Juniper, Ruby, Slate, Sparkle & Shine Silver, Whisper and White Daisy.  As I had a home gathering to showcase the new Holiday Gift Guide this past weekend, I thought I would create a layout with my FAVE paper!  My inspiration search on Pinterest led me to this sketch ... 

    And, here's my layout ... 

    Isn't the Sparkle n' Shine paper so pretty! Love how it turned out, don't you? Still need to choose the photos ... so will add a title later most likely with letters cut out of Juniper cardstock. 

    My Cricut Expression has been finicky lately ... so the snowflakes are die-cut. Then heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder which gives them a {pretty} shine.  And used a 3/4" circle punch for the circles.

    Yet, I did manage to cut the holly leaves with the CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cartridge and stamped the coordinating image from the A Holiday stamp set.  

    Papers: CTMH Sparkle & Shine, CTMH Whisper, Slate & White Daisy Cardstock
    Stamps: A Holiday (A1115)
    Ink: Whisper
    Other: CTMH White Detail Embossing Powder (Z821), Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534), CTMH Art Philosophy, MFT Let It Snowflake Die-namics, & 3/4" circle punch

    Want to see more? Simply click on any of the thumbnail links below to visit the blogs of other CTMH consultants who are participating in this hop and see their {fabulous} artwork! Thanks again for hopping on by and enjoy viewing all the projects! 

    This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group.

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Somethin' {pretty}

    With getting back into routine, these last few weeks have flew! And so, there's been little time for crafting but I thought I'd share somethin' {pretty} with you instead.  

    Who doesn't {heart} Pinterest?  It's one of my fave pastimes, just ask those that know me well! Or maybe not since I'm to blame for leading them into the world of Pinterest.  And if you don't know what Pinterest is, don't worry as it won't be long before you too are on it! Here's me in case you need somewhere to start!

    Anyways a while back, I stumbled on this wreath during one of my Pinterest search endeavors which linked me to Catshy Crafts on Etsy. Cathy creates heartfelt decor including embroidery hoop art, yarn wreaths and felt flowers in her Bellevue, Washington home.

    Yarn Wrapped Wreath with Dimensional Felt Flowers and Leaves. Grey, Cream, Fuchsia. 12 -inch by Catshy Crafts

    And, it's social media at its best since I then 'LIKED' her Facebook page and followed her blog.  Yet, I feel I lucked out since I entered one of her contests .... 

    ... and was the winner of Custom Hoop Art!  The design process began with inspiration from her Etsy shop.  Let me tell you, it was tough trying to decide!  But, Cathy is easy to work with and embraced my idea along with my indecision head on!  I just {love} the felt flowers so it seemed the obvious choice.

    So guess what arrived in the mail today?  Yup, my very own custom hoop art ... what do you think?

    Photo: A new custom hoop in the house! ochre loopy flower with button center, smoke grey wide loopy flower and cream rolled rose on silver grey felt background. I am also trying a new set-up to photograph my hoops. I knew I kept all that scrapbook paper for good reason!

    Clean and simple for me! Now, I just have to find a small wooden easel to display it in my craft room. Thanks Cathy for such a beautiful piece of art!  

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Back-to-School Gift: {Perfect Teacher Recipe}

    It's school time again! And, back to school brings with it a slew of emotions. On the one hand, there’s the promise of children seeing friends daily and the buying of new school supplies — new possibilities encapsulated in blank notebooks. But on the other hand, there’s the end of summer and the transition back to structured days, not to mention the challenge of switching the brain from off to on ... ahhh ROUTINE!

    Back to school teacher gifts are a great way to let your children’s teachers know they are so loved! I believe gifts are one of my LOVE LANGUAGES :0 and {love} giving gifts that they can use.  Plus, most teachers would say a special gift in the beginning of the school year makes them feel appreciated. 

    So, today I am sharing a simple gift. There are all types of different character traits that make up the {perfect} teacher.  Trust, care, love, kindness, respect, diversity just to name a few. This little gift along with the Perfect Teacher Recipe gift tag is the perfect way to get them excited about the new year.

    A cute mini notebook with the teacher's initial accompanied with a post-it note holder.

    Here's a peek inside ...   

    A few note cards clipped on the inside flap.

    Embellish with a cute stamp!

    What do you think are the best teacher gifts? 

    Papers: Black, White Daisy, Creme Brulee & Lagoon Cardstock (CTMH), B&T patterned paper scraps (CTMH)
    Ink (CTMH): Slate, Vineyard Berry (retired)
    Stamps (CTMH): A Typeface (A1117), School is Here (B1407) & School Years (D1556) -   
    Embellishments (CTMH): White, Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment (Z1701), stitched black ribbon (retired)
    Tools: Chevron Embossing Folder (SU), LLD - Insert It 3x4" Notebook Paper Die-namic (MFT), High-Rise Lowercase Die-namic (MFT),       
    1 1/4" circle punch (SU), 1 3/8" circle punch (SU), 1 3/4" circle punch (SU), 1 3/4" scallop circle punch (SU)
    Other: 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" Mini Composition Book, 3x3 Post-it Notes, 1/2" Scor-Tape, mini binder clips